Lavender event this weekend at Twin Silos Farm

Twin Silos Farm near Monticello will offer its first Lavender U-Pick Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25-26 at the farm, located at 1090 Bucks Pond Road.

Sign ordinance amendments endorsed

Changes to Monticello’s sign ordinance were endorsed by the city’s planning and zoning board Monday. They now go to the city council for consideration, likely on June 27.

Dahl presides over his last school board session

In some ways, it was an easy decision for Jim Dahl to resign from the Monticello school board after 13 years. His main reason was to avoid any possible conflict of interest once his wife Marlise becomes an official employee of the school district.

Second floor option for high school could be costly

Although a formal structural study has not been completed, a preliminary report is not giving positive indicators towards the possibility of adding a second story to the 1966 portion of Monticello High School; nor does gutting and remodeling the 1924 section look like an ideal option.

Rusted Root to perform in Allerton meadow

Allerton Park & Retreat Center has announced that Rusted Root will be the headliner for their Allerton Festival, presented by the U of I Community Credit Union. The band, which has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide, will perform on Friday, September 16 at 7:30pm in the estate’s 14-acre Meadow at 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

No village donation for Lions project

 The Bement village board voted 3-1 to deny a request for a monetary donation by the Bement Lions Club at its monthly meeting Tuesday, June 14.

Lions hope Bement community center ready by fall

The Bement Lions Club hopes to have the Bement Communty Center ready to rent by this fall.

“We’ve got good bones and good structure to work with. It just needs a little facelift,” said Lions board member Bill Bell on the building that housed the Bement Country Opry until it closed in May of last year.

Piattran piloting weekend service

Piattran will be piloting Friday and Saturday service throughout the summer. Clients are advised to book as far in advance as possible.

Currently Piattran will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Friday of the month, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Farmer's Market back in Monticello each Thursday

The Monticello Main Street Farmer's Market returns on Thursday, June 16, and will continue to operate each Thursday through Oct. 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. in front of the Monticello Community Building (library).

Bement board approves dress code changes

With a few tweaks, the Bement school board has approved student handbooks that include a beefed up dress code policy.

The dress code proposal prompted the most talk in handbook discussion last month, mostly over a call for shorts to be at least mid-thigh in length.

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